Literacy

At  Hetton School we are committed to improving the literacy levels of every single student. We know that improved reading ages and literacy levels will lead to higher grades in all subjects, as well as improving how well our students can cope in the world outside of school, making them more knowledgeable and more employable  when  they leave us.  

As well as giving our students the opportunity to read  a great variety of texts during  English  lessons, we encourage  engagement with different text types in all areas of the curriculum.  We measure the reading ages of our students every term to assess the impact of our reading approaches, and to identify any students who may be falling behind with their reading levels so that we can offer extra,  personalised support.  

This support includes peer-to-peer reading during morning registration, the provision of a literacy tutor group  and Learning Support Assistants supporting students with specific needs within lessons. Students who have a low reading age also complete the Lexia reading  programme  during English lessons which  provides  individually paced  activities  to support reading improvements.  After-school sessions will also take place using the Covid catch-up funding that is currently being provided. 

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“My eldest son left school in 2007 so there was never any question of which school my youngest would attend in 2012. However, what a huge difference I’ve found in the school from then until now. The school is very well led with the Head being a major presence, the staff are very well respected, approachable and helpful at all levels. Examination results continue to improve which is fantastic. Pupil moral is great with reward schemes, extra-curricular activities and school excursions open to all.”

Parent of Year 8 Student

"Parents and carers are broadly supportive of the school and its new leadership. They feel that their children are well cared for and supported"

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“As parents, we are always impressed with the way in which Hetton School staff listen to comments or concerns, and act quickly and effectively, particularly when relating to pupil progress and wellbeing. There’s a good community feeling. Hetton School has good systems in place to support students’ individual attainment. It offers good opportunities outside of the school day for pupils to progress further. We’re well aware that standards and results at Hetton School have risen in recent years and continue to do so.”

Parent of Year 7 and 10 Student

"Pupils are proud of their school and its caring, tolerant ethos".

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“I am very pleased with the pastoral support. Hetton School value the opinion of students and this can only help to build self-confidence into adulthood.”

Parent of Year 10 Student

"The quality of leadership and teaching in the local authority resource provision for pupils who have speech and language difficulties enables pupils to make strong progress".

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“I have been very impressed with how well my daughter has settled into Hetton School. She has made some very good friends, gets on well with her form tutor, enjoys her lessons and has made good academic progress. The school keeps me up-to-date with how she is doing and acknowledges when she has done something of particular merit. The Parents Forum gives us a voice to bring up any issues that arise and for the school to ask our opinion also. I would definitely recommend Hetton School to any prospective pupil or parent, and with a new build coming, Hetton will finally have the building this good school deserves.”

Parent of Year 8 Student
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